Saturday, April 06, 2019

BRIGG BLOG WELCOMES MOVE TO LOOK AFTER THE WELFARE OF HISTORIC BUILDING


Barnetby East signalbox - now closed - as it looked in July 2016


The future of an historic building on North Lincolnshire's railway network - dating back to the age of steam - is looking brighter, Brigg Blog understands.
Redundant Barnetby East signalbox - not far from the village station - has been standing idle since December 2015 when it was decommissioned as part of a new signalling scheme carried out by Network Rail which did away with traditional lever-pulled semaphore signals in favour of modern LED colour-lights.
That raised obvious concerns about the future of Barnetby East.
However, we now understand that rail company bosses are likely to retain the timber-built box as a "welfare facility" for use by employees working nearby. There are no current plans to demolish it.
Some concerns have also been expressed about the outward appearance of the structure. Is re-painting necessary to protect the wooden boards?
Much larger Wrawby Junction signalbox - taken out of use at the same time as Barnetby East - is grade two listed and still standing close to where the lines converge from Brigg, Market Rasen and Scunthorpe.
Trains in Wrawby and Barnetby are now controlled from a large signal control centre in distant (no pun intended!) York.
Much additional freight traffic was created in the Barnetby area when Immingham docks were opened by the Great Central Railway early in the 20th century.
This required more lines and sidings in and around Barnetby, which today remains the largest station in North Lincolnshire, having four platforms, although the booking office was closed many years ago.
Meanwhile, Grimsby Town Football Club has announced plans to remove other landmarks viewed by train passengers from Brigg as they journey towards Cleethorpes.
The steel floodlight towers at the Blundell Park ground - close to the railway line - were installed in 1960, having been acquired second-hand from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
New lights are to replace them later this year.
Until the early 1980s the Brigg Branch of the Grimsby Town Supporters' Club ran buses to all the Mariners' home games.
Today you can still take a Saturday train from Brigg to watch matches but they do not stop at New Clee - the station nearest to the ground.
Instead, any fans wishing to make the journey from Brigg or Barnetby have to go to the end of the line at Cleethorpes and walk back along Grimsby Road - unless they are prepared to change trains at Grimsby Town station. For the only units that make a request stop at New Clee are those running between Cleethorpes and Barton.

PICTURED ABOVE: Barnetby East signalbox viewed from the footbridge at the village station.

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